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City bans 'bandit signs'

The city's Development Services department is toughening it's tactics to rid roadsides of so called "bandit signs."
The city's Development Services department is toughening it's tactics to rid roadsides of so called "bandit signs."

SAN ANTONIO – The Development Services Department teamed up with the San Antonio Police Department to ban unwarranted "bandit signs."  On Sept. 10, 2014, a lawsuit that was filed, and won, now making the signs a Class C misdemeanor.

Bandit signs are signs illegally placed along roadways and often advertise anything from new homes to weight-loss products.

Rod Sanchez, the director of the Development Services Department, says the signs are considered a safety hazard and require permits.

District 8 City Councilman Ron Nirenberg also commented, stating, "Nuisance crimes proliferate when ignored. The City can and will reverse the troubling trend of littering in our rights of way through enforcement of the Bandit Sign Ordinance."

Annual permits can be obtained for $50 at the Cliff Morton Development Business Center, at 1901 South Alamo Street.

For more information, visit Development Services' website.